Whip Cutting Sale

The Shenandoah Valley SWCD has three species of plant materials available for stream bank restoration projects.  Available species include: Red Osier Dogwood, Bankers Dwarf Willow and Streamco Willow.  (Cuttings-Species Information Sheet)

What are Whips Used For?

Planting cuttings along an unvegetated stream bank is a great bio-engineering practice that can help stabilize an eroding stream bank.  It also helps promote a healthier terrestrial and aquatic habitat than traditional stream bank restoration measures.  For optimum survival, rooting and re-growth potential, the cuttings should be planted in early spring (early March to early April).

The two willow species will grow to between 10-15 feet tall and the red osier dogwoods will grow to between 3-10 feet tall.  When it floods ,  the cuttings  lie down allowing  the water to flow over-top, while their roots help anchor soil and protect the stream bank.  Cuttings are provided as long whips that are approximately 2-5 feet long.  You will need to prepare the cuttings for planting by cutting the whip (long piece) into smaller plantable stakes.  Note that one whip will yield approximately 3 plantable stakes. (Streambank Cuttings-How to Prepare and Plant Fact Sheet)

Purchasing Information

The costs will be $15.00 for 50  whips of Streamco Willow or Bankers Dwarf Willow (approximately 150 stakes) and $15.00 for 25 Red Osier Dogwood whips (approximately 75 stakes).

Cash, check, or credit card will be accepted! Checks should be made out to the Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District. Please include a note in the memo referencing cuttings or whips.

Red Osier Dogwoods are limited in stock.  If you would like to be placed on a wait list for this species, please contact Chelsea Trice at chelsea.trice@svswcd.org with your order.  She will contact you regarding availability.

Place Your Order Here!

For more information contact the District at (540) 534-3055.  Order Deadline: February 16th, 2020.

Pick Up Information


Whips will be available for pick up from the Shenandoah Valley SWCD office at 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B in Harrisonburg beginning February 21st, 2020. 

You will need to bring a bucket, container or some type of bag to put your plant materials in. 

Note: The whips should be kept cool and damp until they are planted.